By Sharon Robb

November 20, 2014—South Florida Aquatic Club took an early lead after Day One of the 24th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Swimming Championships Thursday at the Plantation Aquatic Complex.

The defending champion leads the combined team standings with 312 points and girls team totals with 174 points.

In a shocker, SOFLO knocked off Pine Crest and Miami Swimming to win the 800-yard freestyle in 7:41.53 with Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez and Kylie Herman. It was the team’s most impressive swim of the night.

Pine Crest’s relay featured Lydia Musleh, Lindsey Swartz, Sabrina Gornisiewicz and Caroline Nava and Miami Swimming had Kyla Valls, Laine Morgan, Hannah Cordes and Carlota Verita.

“They really did step it up,” said SOFLO coach Chris Anderson. “They are pretty solid when they come together. Our team had a very solid first day of the meet and established a little bit of confidence that will go a long way.”

SOFLO had two individual girls winners in the 400-yard individual medley. Jessica Rodiguez won the 15-16 in a best time 4:34.46 and Kathleen Golding in 4:23.47. Marinheiro was also second in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:21.24.

SOFLO boys, third among the boys field with 147 points behind Azura and Metro Aquatics, also had some outstanding swims.

“Our boys took a real step forward,” Anderson said.

The 800-yard freestyle relay of Timothy Wynter, Ryan Capote, CJ Kopecki and Jordan Colon was second in 6:55.40, just 1.2 seconds off the national cut.

“No one expected us to finish in the top five never mind second place,” said an excited Anderson. “Ervin had a heck of a swim in the 400 IM. It was a good solid session for us. We really did perform.”

Ervin Marin won the 15-16 400-yard individual medley in 4:07.57 and Leonardo Mateus won the 11-12 400 IM in best time 4:34.21.

The meet continues on Friday with prelims and finals.

A record 1,382 swimmers and 75 teams are competing during the four-day meet, the state’s largest age group meet and one of the nation’s largest LSC meets.

Florida Swim Network will broadcast the finals live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

THURSDAY RESULTS

COMBINED TEAM TOTALS: 1. South Florida Aquatic Club 312, 2. Pine Crest Swimming 261, 3. Metro Aquatics 206, 4. Azura Florida Aquatics 187, 5. Miami Swimming 178, 6. Coral Springs Swim Club 91, 7. Wahoos of Wellington 88, 8. Blue Marlins 80, 9. tie, North Palm Beach, Pompano Beach Piranhas 77.

GIRLS TEAM TOTALS: 1. SOFLO 174, 2. Pine Crest 136, 3. North Palm Beach 77, 4. Wahoos of Wellington 76, 5. Miami Swimming 72, 6. Metro Aquatics 63, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 50, 8. Plantation Swim Team 49, 9. Pompano Beach Piranhas 45, 10. Jupiter 41.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1,000-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Savannah Bowser, Gulf Coast 10:13.86, 2. Melissa Marinheiro, SOFLO 10:21.24, 3. Cloe Bedard-Khalid, MAC 10:35.13; SOFLO: 9. Marianna Serrao 10:56.01, best time, 11. Lilli Calero 10:59.55, best time, 25. Annita Huang 11:32.61, best time.

800-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1.SOFLO 7:41.53 (Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro, Jessica Rodriguez, Kylie Herman), 2. Pine Crest Swimming 7:45.41 (Lydia Musleh, Lindsey Swartz, Sabrina Gornisiewicz, Caroline Nava), 3. Miami Swimming 7:54.33 (Kyla Valls, Laine Morgan, Hannah Cordes, Carlota Verita); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest Swimming 7:56.02, 2. SOFLO 8:02.47, 3. North Palm Beach 8:05.65.

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Lydia Musleh, PC 4:32.49, 2. Aly Pacitti, PST 4:49.31, 3. Autumn Ledgin, SAS 4:49.60; 15-16, 1. Jessica Rodriguez, SOFLO 4:34.46, best time; 2. Caroline Schirmer, SAS 4:36.54, 3. Lacy Phillips, WOW 4:45.33; SOFLO: 6. Star Fassler 4:51.31; 13-14, 1. Kathleen Golding, SOFLO 4:24.47, 2. Alessandra Baldari, NPB 4:28.53, 3. Victoria Miyamoto, PB 4:36.45; SOFLO: 7. Delanie Perez 4:50.63, 19. Jennifer Rodriguez 5:00.53, 30. Elise Larin 5:10.64, 34. Alexandra Crespo 5:13.81, 35. Katherine De Barros 5:15.46, 36. Anabel Vazquez 5:20.42; 11-12, 1. Mattie Barfield, FLA 4:54.59, 2. Amanda Kopas, SFTL 4:59.32, 3. Guiliana Zerpa, BD 5:00.72; SOFLO: 4. Isabella Di Salvo 5:01.77, best time, 8. Molly Golding 5:04.27, 11. Valentina Carrion 5:10.03, best time, 12. Sara Quintero 5:10.75, best time, 15. Kayla Cunningham 5:13.96, 22. Rebekah Ling 5:35.27.

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:47.60 (Sofia Rivas, Carlota Verita, Laine Morgan, Kyla Valls), 2. Pine Crest 1:48.86, 3. SOFLO 1:49.09 (Kelley Heron, Jessica Rodriguez, Alia Atkinson, Melissa Marinheiro); 13-14, 1. North Palm Beach 1:53.70 (Alessandra Baldari, Madison Lichtig, Jennifer Secrest, Tara Leininger), 2. Pine Crest Swimming 1:55.10, 3. SOFLO 1:57.58 (Annita Huang, Delanie Perez, Elise Larin, Kathleen Golding).

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:37.73 (Laine Morgan, Paloma Sanchez, Sofia Rivas, Kyla Valls), 2. Pine Crest 1:38.49, 3. SOFLO 1:39.83 (Liz Travieso, Alia Atkinson, Kelley Heron, Melissa Marinheiro); 13-14, 1. Pine Crest 1:41.44 (Alexandra Meszaros, Julianna Russell, Savannah Yates, Annabella Lyn), 2. North Palm Beach 1:41.92, 3. SOFLO 1:44.53 (Marianna Serrao, Annita Huang, Elise Larin, Kathleen Golding).

BOYS TEAM TOTALS: 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 160, 2. Metro Aquatics 143, 3. SOFLO 138, 4. Pine Crest 125, 5. Miami Swimming 106, 6. Blue Marlins 63, 7. Coral Springs Swim Club 41, 8. Jamaican Swim 35, 9. YBC Barracudas 34, 10. Swift Swimming 33.

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1,000-yard freestyle:

Open, 1. Franco Lupoli, Azura 9:12.09, 2. Patrick Groters, PC 9:41.03, 3. Matthew Lyn, PC 9:45.63; SOFLO: 5. CJ Kopecki 9:50.39, best time, 7. Kevin Porto 9:53.44, best time, 11. Ricardo Roche 10:00.32, best time, 21. Juan Diaz 10:22.49, best time, 34. Bryant Segui 10:56.50, best time.

800-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 6:48.01 (Franco Lupoli, Elias Mehrdad, Christian Garcia, Raiz Tjon-A-Joe), 2. SOFLO 6:55.40 (Timothy Wynter, Ryan Capote, CJ Kopecki, Jordan Colon), 3. Miami Swimming (Michael Saco, Roberto Gomez, Rob Ballestas, Sam Hicks), 7:01.33; 13-14, 1. Metro Aquatics 7:16.27, 2. Azura 7:20.03 (Andres Lares, Jorge Depassier, Luis Bucaro, Elvis Kotikovski), 3. SOFLO 7:44.15 (Samuel Quintero, Kevin Porto, Juan Diaz, Bryant Segui).

400-yard individual medley:

Open, 1. Marco Guarente, Azura 4:04.56, 2. Daniel Pereira, Azura 4:08.03, 3. Fernando Bohorquez, Azura 4:08.80; SOFLO: 7. Jordan Colon 4:18.69; 15-16, 1. Ervin Marin, SOFLO 4:07.57, 2. Nick Sharp, SAS 4:11.23, 3. Noah Zylberberg, SAS 4:12.86; SOFLO: 12. Ricardo Roche 4:26.27, best time, 14. Jonathan Strod 4:28.91, 17. Bruno Berti 4:30.59, best time, 21. Matthew Menocal 4:34.86, best time; 13-14, 1. Alberto Gomez, Miami-Dade 4:04.12, 2. John Torres, Unattached 4:22.57, 3. Felipe Urrutia, MS 4:22.57; SOFLO: 16. Samuel Quintero 4:43.27, 20. Bryant Segui 4:47.78, best time, 24. Brandon Moran 4:54.35; 11-12, 1. Leonardo Mateus, SOFLO 4:34.21, best time, 2. Joseph Perdomo, BMHG 4:57.96, 3. Nestor Montero, MAC 5:00.05; SOFLO: 13. Nicolas Rossi 5:18.51, best time.

200-yard medley relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:33.78 (Guy Fernandes, Diguan Pigot, Rob Ballestas, Julius Petzold), 2. Azura 1:34.08, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 1:38.08, 4. SOFLO 1:38.40 (Timothy Wynter, Jordan Colon, Ervin Marin, Ryan Capote); 13-14, 1. Azura Florida Aquatics 1:44.06 (Elvis Kotikovski, Jorge Depassier, Andres Lares, Amani McFarlane), 2. Metro Aquatics 1:46.21, 3. Pine Crest Swimming 1:47.30.

200-yard freestyle relay:

Open, 1. Miami Swimming 1:24.09 (Brandon Selts, Unknown Swimmer, Roberto Gomez, Michael Saco), 2. Azura 1:24.93 (Jhonny Perez, Elias Mehrdad, Marco Guarente, Raiz Tjon-A-Joe), 3. SOFLO 1:29.08 (Ryan Capote, Timothy Wynter, Jordan Colon, Gustavo Valery); 13-14, 1. Blue Marlins 1:30.63 (Brayan Perez, Christopher Cortina, Aaron Alonso, Kenny Cordovez), 2. Metro Aquatics 1:32.31, 3. Pompano Beach Piranhas 1:35.72, 8. SOFLO 1:38.96 (Juan Diaz, Bryant Segui, Samuel Quintero, Kevin Porto).

IF YOU GO

What: 24th annual Florida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Swimming Championships

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Plantation Aquatic Complex, 9151 NW Second St.

Schedule: FRIDAY—Session 3, 8:30 a.m.-11:06 a.m.; Session 4, 8:30 a.m.-2:11 p.m.; Session 5, 12:30-1:44 p.m.; Session 6, 5-7:44 p.m.; SATURDAY—Session 7, 8:30-11:19 a.m.; Session 8, 8:30 a.m.-1:05 p.m.; Session 9, 12:30-2:44 p.m.; Session 10, 5-7:34 p.m.; SUNDAY— Session 12, 8:30 a.m.-12:12 p.m.; Session 13, 12:30-5:27 p.m.; Session 14, 12:30-1:38 p.m.; Session 15, 5-6:39 p.m.

Live Streaming: Florida Swim Network will broadcast the finals live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: $3 per session, $3 heat sheets per session. For more information go to http://www.swimpst.com.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

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